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Executive summaries rock

I’m in the middle of giving a series of presentation skills classes for a client who is in the process of rolling out a new marketing proposal library.  As part of that roll out, I’ve been tasked with teaching their employees how to structure their proposals better and how to write more effective executive summaries. […]

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Metaphors series revisited: Opportunity

Last June, we had a series of posts brainstorming possible visuals for metaphors, including: growth, balance, and leadership.  In the beginning of this second series, we covered innovation.  In this post, I’ve put together a list of possible images for another theme that I’ve seen in tons of presentations:  opportunity. According to Merriam Webster, an opportunity is: A […]

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Prezi storyboarding template

Recently, I had an inquiry from a Non-Profit around creating Prezis that would act as standalone training videos. I explained to them that the typical process is as follows: 1. Select a central metaphor (the best Prezis have a central image you zoom in and out of) 2. Write the voice-over script 3. Decide on […]

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Lessons from the 2013 Presidential Inaguration

Like many Americans, I watched the pomp and circumstance that we call the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. This year, I watched with a couple of politically-minded friends who had some interesting comments about the event that got me thinking. I’d like to share my thoughts (and to hear yours!) KNOW YOUR STAKEHOLDERS – It’s no secret […]

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Implications of SOPA and PIPA passing on presentation designers

You’re probably thinking, wow Presentation School, you’re a day late!   We disagree, these bills will not be debated until February so this issue is still alive and well. If you can, you really truly should use legal images and videos in your presentations when you can (more on why here:  Why Legal Images are […]

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Audience metaphor

We’ve just been made aware of a fun metaphor for thinking about your audience and wanted to share: Your audience is a container to pour liquid in.  Your content is the liquid. So what does that mean for you, as a presentation deliverer? Like you prefer to drink clean healthy water, your audience wants clean […]

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How to prep for working with a presentation coach

When getting ready to be coached for presentation delivery skills, there are a few things you should prep to get the most out of your coaching: Ask others what they think your strengths are, if they’re not comfortabel telling you, ask them to email your coach Ask others what they think you need help with, […]

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Tips from Mad Men

Like many, we’re excited about Mad Men’s addition to Netflix’s streaming.  And we’re happier still about the presentations that the characters have been giving. In one scene between Peggy Olson and her Priest, she gives im the following tips for giving a sermon for Palm Sunday: Find a few people to focus on and give […]

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